The elicitation, analysis, specification, verification, and validation of requirements for a software project.

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The Proper UML Model of a System for Non-Technical Boss

I've taken on some side work for this non-profit and last week was my first week on the job. They have two SQL Server Databases each with many tables in them that represent over 20 different ...
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What is the benefit of the MoSCoW technique?

I do not see how the MoSCoW Method's "Must, Should, Could, Would" prioritisation is better that simply 1,2,3,4? If I receive the requirements from the customer, they already are prioritised, usually ...
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In a functional requirements document, is the Assumptions section dangerous?

I am currently a reviewer on a Best Practices document for Developers or Business Analysts in writing a Functional Requirements document. This document is not necessarily a template for functional ...
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Where to put details about the acceptance criteria of a user story?

In this blog post about acceptance criteria the author explains that good acceptance criteria should: State an intent not a solution (e.g. “The user can choose an account” rather than “The user can ...
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Requirement gathering in an agile methodology

In the great book User Stories Applied the author specified the following process for trawling requirements in the form of user stories: Create user roles (personas) --> brainstorm user goals for ...
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Are animations and other eye candies considered non-functional requirements?

I've seen many lists on the internet that includes many 'ities' (maintainability, scalability, portability, etc), but I'm not sure if animations, screen transitions, and similar features are ...
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How to label software requirements?

What is a good strategy to label software requirements in an SRS? Typically outline numbering is employed on headers - but these will renumber if a new heading is inserted in the document. To me it ...
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What can be used in lieu of use cases to gather requirements?

I'm a programmer currently working in rounds of meetings along with BAs and PM to gather/describe modules and functionality of our case management system; after a few meetings I saw that using 'use ...
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Conducting a requirements analysis interview

Why do requirements interviews never pan out as they are planned - and how do I prepare for that? I'm looking for the following kind of help regarding how to prepare for these interviews and what I ...
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requirements for software quality for internally developed / shared software?

In environments where software is built internally by one team and then that software is used by other internal teams, how does one decide what the required quality should be for the produced ...
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Question on System Requirement

I have a scenario where a specific webservice must be consumed based on the state to setup user info. For instance if the state is NY or NJ call service A , if state is WA call service B etc. But ...
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Use Cases with respect to downstream systems

Use cases are primarily meant for interaction between user and a system. It could be used for interaction between system and another system. The actors are primarily roles. It is easy to document ...
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Functional Requirements / Specification and relationship to DEV and QA

Functional Requirements state "WHAT" needs to be done from a user's perspective Functional Specification state "HOW" it needs to be done from technical standpoint. Do QA teams focus and Functional ...
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Agile Development & Interaction with Developers

I have read in few blogs that as part of agile development , the product owner closely interact with developers to state their requirements and come up with a solution. However in case of a large ...
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Agile Development - Questions with regards to documentation [closed]

In an agile project - I assume user requirements are captured in terms of user story. Is this correct? How are system requirements encompassing all the constituent applications documented (in case ...
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System Requirements - Use of Conjunctions

I have come across many blogs and books where it is stated that it is bad for a system requirement to contain conjunctions like "and". However in reality I am often coming across scenario where a ...
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How to identify (business) processes for automation?

I recently started at a company and am working on statistical data analysis and data handling (market research). A lot of my tasks were previously done entirely by hand, so I created a few tools to ...
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Level of detail in System Requirements

I've read in multiple places that the requirements must not be influenced by solution and must not contain solution. So in the below example , please can you help in letting me which is correct - ...
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User Stories - How should it be defined for complex changes involving multiple applications

This is one of the definitions that I asw for user stories - When the time has come for creating user stories, one of the developers (or the product owner in Scrum) gets together with a customer ...
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C/C++ in applications that do not concern performance [closed]

C is the best language (or maybe the single language) suitable for operating systems, drivers, embedded systems etc. For more complex domains like computer graphics C++ is a better choice. But these ...
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Best Practice For Usage of Shall and Must While Writing Requirements

I sent out an email earlier reminding our developers that, the use of the word, 'Shall', in your derived requirements should not follow over to your functional requirements. When writing functional ...
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Software Requirement Specification documentation by professionals

I just wanted to know what is the significance of SRS(Software Requirement Specification) in programming? and what are the techniques used in preparation of an SRS .. also who writes the SRS.. is it ...
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Requirement specifications with annotations?

I'm curoious if there are any templates using annotations such as ambigous, needs update and so on. Industrial or Academic does not matter. If there are, are there any way tools available that use ...
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Most flexible UI Framework for Windows endpoint?

I am tasked with designing and implementing a flexible UI solution for deployment across a series of "kiosk"-ed Windows endpoints. There is some debate about what is the considered to be the best ...
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Are there differences between Functionality and Functional Requirements [closed]

I'm writing some documentation in a project in a tool. In this tool of mine, and write in specific area, I have here use Case, Business Rule, N-Diagram Types, and Functionality and Functional ...
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Hardware requirements

How do people define the minimum hardware requirements for software? For example: how can a software development company tell the customer that they will need 8 GB of RAM to run the program properly?
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Requesting quality analysis test cases up front of implementation/change

Recently I have been assigned to work on a major requirement that falls between a change request and an improvement. The previous implementation was done (badly) by a senior developer that left the ...
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System requirement specification vs functional one - separate docs?

A lot of sources (e.g. Wikipedia) mentiones System requirement specification and Functional specification as two separate entities. However, Wiegers in his book writes: The software requirements ...
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Formalizing a requirements spec written in narrative English

I have a fairly technical functionality requirements spec, expressed in English prose, produced by my project manager. It is structured as a collection of UI tabs, where the requirements for each tab ...
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IEEE SRS documents: lightweight version when working with outside contractors?

Typically we follow an Agile development process that tends not to put an emphasis on writing requirements and technical documents that nobody will read. We tend to focus our limited manpower to ...
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Is a functional spec a part of the System requirement spec?

I wonder, sources like wikipedia or templates I found shows that Functional spec is a part of System requirement documents. I always thought that SRD is just overall decsription of the system, with ...
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Should the analyst define the programmers and their seniority needed by the project?

It might be obvious, but I am not sure. Should the analyst who interview the client, gather and analyse requirements then give an estimate, also specifies how many and with how much experience ...
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Overview of the agile process that I can apply to a startup

I need to provide a quote to an external client for some software. I'm looking to use agile just for initial requirements building (which I'm experienced in from a developer perspective) but I need to ...
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How to manage and estimate unstructured requirements received from customers

A lot of the times during the bidding phase of a project I receive a software system's requirements from our potential customers in a very unstructured format from various sources [email, word ...
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What methods of requirements elicitation are suitable when I do not have direct access to the user base?

I am working on an application to create invoices. There are some features that are required based on the type of the application and are common to all invoice applications. However, we still need to ...
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Pair programming business logic with a non-IT person

Have you had any experience in which a non-IT person works with a programmer during the coding process? It's like pair programming, but one person is a non-IT person that knows a lot about the ...
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Is it the job of a developer to suggest IT requirements?

I am the only developer working on a web application which is nearing to its end. Now we are looking into making it Live in maybe a couple of months time. This is a web application for a non IT ...
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How can I get better at explaining complex software processes to developers?

I'm really struggling with my software specs. I am not a professional programmer but enjoy doing it for fun and made some software that I want to sell later but I'm not happy with the code quality. ...
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Is there any professional way to illustrate difference between 2 diagrams?

I made a documented which is to describe the difference between the same logical structure from different version ( e.g Structure A from version 8 and Structure A from version 9 ). Luckily I've got ...
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Are costs part of the requirements?

I am new to requirements analysis and have a simple questions: Would you include the budget in the requirements, if e. g. the departments budget for running costs is 10k a year.
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What are some general guidelines for setting up an iOS project I will want to personally publish but sell in the future?

I have an idea for a personal iOS project that I would like to write and release to the iOS store. I'm the type of developer who enjoys developing and publishing. I want to write quality software ...
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Ambiguous program requirements

it seems that most of the programming exercises that I am currently doing, are a little bit ambiguous when it comes to specifying what should I do. When programmers work with clients, are the clients ...
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How can a non-technical person learn to write a spec for small projects?

How can a non-technical person learn to write specs for small projects? A friend of mine is trying to outsource some development on a statistics project. In particular, he does a lot of work in ...
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How do I break down and plan a personal programming project? [closed]

I've just started a programming job where I'm applying my 'How to code' knowledge to what I'm being taught of 'How to Program' (They are different!). As part of this, I've been taught how to capture ...
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What kind of metrics, if any, can be collected from requirements development?

We elicit requirements from our product stakeholders by creating and refining user stories in monthly sprint planning meetings. This includes defining use cases, acceptance criteria, and identifying ...
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User stories as a contract definition?

I am often asked to write a requirements document for a new piece of work. I write requirements using user stories. The list of requirements is then used as a contract with the client denoting the ...
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Any requirements tool recommendation?

BAs in my company use Word, Excel and Visio for requirements definition reasonably well. What are the key advantages and disadvantages of using a requirements tool instead?
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How to select drawing system when requirements not yet known?

We're developping an application for 2D data processing and display. At the moment data is displayed by converting each point to a color depending on intensity, so in rather low level code. This works ...
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What standard superseded 830-1998?

I have been looking into how to document software projects more formally, and I have learned about IEEE 830-1998: Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifications. However, as you can ...
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Capturing correct level of detail in a user story

I have written various user stories that describe functionality at a pretty high-level. For example: As an analyst, I want to view the current share price, so that I have quick access to an ...